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Renaissance Art

Grades 4 through 12

The National Gallery of Art will offer a selection of in-person and virtual tours (using Zoom) for fall 2022.

Requests for all tours (October 3 – December 2) will be accepted from August 1 – November 4, 2022

What radical changes in art and life marked the period known as the Renaissance? During this tour, students will consider this question by exploring artistic developments such as perspective, the naturalistic representation of the human figure, and the influence of scientific discovery and humanism.

Looking and Learning Skills

During four or five tour stops in the galleries, students engage in activities—such as looking exercises, small-group work, and sketching—that foster conversations about works of art. On this tour, students will practice the following skills:

• Comparing and contrasting different visual representations of Renaissance ideas.
• Reasoning with evidence from the works of art and using them as primary sources on Renaissance art and society.
• Making and articulating careful observations.
• Formulating questions that demonstrate curiosity and engagement.
• Connecting new ideas discussed on the tour to prior knowledge of Renaissance art and culture.

Examples of Works Featured on Tour

In-Person Tour Information

Group Size: Up to 90 students
Length: 75 minutes
Meeting Location: West Building Rotunda

Additional Gallery Resources

Inquiring Eye: European Renaissance Art (teaching packet)

Italian Renaissance Learning Resources (teaching resource)

Tours must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance. Groups must contain at least 15 students.

Once your tour has been scheduled, you will receive an email confirmation in 10 business days.

Watch a video (grades 1-4) or download a presentation (grades 4-12) (PPT, 4MB) to show your students what to expect on their tour. Please review museum policies, location, parking, accessibility, security, lunch options, and other important visitor information.

Our tour scheduler is available to answer questions on Monday through Wednesday between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. (September through May). Please contact her at (202) 842-6249 [email protected].

Also see our Frequently Asked Questions about School Tours.

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